Mercedes-Benz's E-Class sedan has always taken the role of the responsible parent in the luxury automaker's family. Buttoned-up and stately, it is the vehicle of choice for executives who want a posh ride that shouts, in a reserved fashion, "I've arrived."
Then there are the Coupe and Cabriolet variants. Though part of the E-Class lineup, they are smaller and sportier than their sedan siblings. With seating for just four and an athletic attitude, these 2-door takes are the hip bachelor uncles in the E-Class family, complementing the dedicated father persona of the 4-door models.
And like the Mercedes E-Class sedan and wagon, the coupe and cabriolet versions have been refreshed for 2014. New front and rear fascias are complemented by a host of under-the-metal technology that includes Mercedes' new "intelligent drive." The system is actually debuting in the E-Class ahead of Mercedes' next flagship model, the 2014 S-Class sedan, and has the capability to watch for wayward pedestrians, keep you centered in the lane should you start to wander, and monitor the road and other vehicles with cameras and radars that function as digital eyes that would embarrass an eagle.
Under the hood, engine choices carry over - at least for now. The 2014 E350 coupe and cabriolet models feature a 302-horsepower V6, while higher-power E550 variants employ a 402-horsepower V8. For 2015, though, today's E350 coupe and cabriolet will be updated with a twin-turbo V6 that will make an estimated 333 horsepower, and receive new badging to read E400.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
Those details out of the way, your main question may be: How do the 2014 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet drive? Mercedes-Benz invited us to these vehicles' native Germany to find out. Let's dispense with the spoiler alert and just tell you straight out: They're both extremely embraceable touring cars, whether you're meandering up country roads strewn with windmills or screaming down the autobahn while continually moving to the left to pass lesser vehicles (which is the majority of them).
The differences between these two cars, as well our favorite and least favorite features, are in the details. The biggest differentiator between coupe and cabriolet, of course, is the roof. The cabriolet has a beefy fabric top that functions better than expected. We're particularly fond of models that feature roofs dyed in deep blue or crimson. Practically speaking, with the roof raised the 2014 E-Class Cabriolet feels like a well-insulated cocoon. Mercedes says this convertible is the quietest in its class, and we believe it.
But convertibles are meant to be driven top-down, and thus transformed the Cabriolet comes into its own. Thanks to turbulence-taming features like the windshield-mounted Aircap system and rear wind deflector, you can confidently drive at speeds well in excess of U.S. law without having to yell to converse or paste your hair into place with superglue. Our Cabriolet test model with the 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 was plenty strong with a broad power band. In fact, in city traffic we had to be gentle on the throttle, lest we lay new rubber on Hamburg's old cobblestone roads. Though sporty, we wouldn't call this vehicle a corner-carver. Its forte is cruising.
The Coupe feels stiffer and offers an even quieter ride thanks to its fixed roof. We were treated to a preview of the 2015 E400 and quickly fell in love with its twin-turbo V6 that offers V8-like power, quick response, and a commendable exhaust note. Like the Cabriolet, the hardtop has a pair of small rear seats. They can accommodate adults on shorter trips, but may be too tight for longer excursions. A nice touch is the power-operated front seats that slide back and forth to allow easier access to the rear.trend health scientific method in your own words lifestyle support lifestyle 2010 lifestyle skin on the trend for you fashion 3 science art astronomy aspen's brew coffee coming back astronomy set on trends lifestyle 12 list of hairstyles for long hair song lifestyle iridescent silver and gold dress lifestyle movie haircut usa the lifestyle team hairstyle types for guys forum astronomy healthy food top trends science 10 haircuts styles lifestyle show table haircut coffee time constellation magnitudes what's in fashion home fashion fashion to astronomy pay sky and earth horizon stars space tales of series thank you meme astronomy in the 20th century 3 cups coffee salt lake city coffee night what's on trend stars and stripes forever lulus discount code who is fashion for the lifestyle group fashion into engineering design vs scientific method assignment fashion on tool haircut long sleeve lace dress with leg slit family life what is a science training lifestyle astronomy videos haircuts idaho falls astronomy places fashion style quotes lulus prom dresses picturesque piece black floral long sleeve tie-neck dress time science science then and now sciencedirect open access journals astronomy careers science definition lifestyle list planetary symbol for pluto group fashion cost cutters firestone coffee makers at costco astronomy sign more on trend trending shoes for men part haircut coffee monday morning names of stars in the solar system coffee maker with grinder outfit ideas with jeans what part of london is the natural history museum history of astronomy webquest fashion now 1 coffee shops hiring near me outfit ideas for fall what is science for you normal star definition 2015 in science about of science getting haircut at supercuts fine haircut is science best coffee mountain view our family lifestyle coffee near me now how to do fashion beach party hashtags coffee cake topping against science dog lifestyle astronomy cake champion hair salon price coffee app for astronomy astronomy daily fashion 4 all now trends sam haircut my fashion game astronomy movie coffee meme skeleton history astronomy black lace midi bodycon dress black astronomy social justice and astrology trend 30 science buddies haircut off in my fashion kindergarten science experiment procedure party trends stars in the sky pics d or fashion science buddies experiments holiday hair in newport trending news on twitter middle ground coffee shop high haircut lifestyle lyrics clean version coffee at home coffee makers with grinder uv astronomy short black dress with sleeves body fit cool center tables sky observation astronomy vs astrology news on astronomy health is a lifestyle trend of data china astronomy lifestyle content hypoxia and heart failure coffee group lifestyle medicine premier cuts danvers hub's coffee san jose traveling science exhibit sponsor type trends i fashion science the soft news since bob coffee for 4 trends free haircut dress in the back only